Critical dialogue could help South African universities get back on their feet. Ian Barbour/Flickr, CC BY-SA
Kasturi Behari-Leak,Academic Staff Development Lecturer, Centre for Higher Education Development, University of Cape Town (UCT), Harsha Kathard, Interim Head of the Health Sciences Education Department, UCT & Elelwani Ramugondo, Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, UCT
The new round of protests at South Africa’s public universities was triggered by the announcement that universities will be allowed to raise their fees in 2017. Amid discussions about high fees and free higher education, many may have forgotten that students’ demands aren’t just related to cost.
Susan Levine, Associate Professor, School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Cape Town
I am an anthropologist with a special interest in establishing the field of the medical humanities. This emerging field is wide open for producing new knowledge about the history and culture of medical practices. It focuses, for instance, on representations of patients and medical landscapes in art, literature, philosophy, bioethics, and other disciplines in the arts and humanities.
This is supposed to the era of the “massive open online course”, but universities and teachers are being slow to embrace this opportunity to make university learning available to a much wider audience.